Body Flow. Love Thy Flow.

I try a LOT of workout classes. Like, a lot. Some I love, some I don’t. Some I stick with, some I don’t. Year after year, I just keep coming back to Body Flow. Body Flow is Les Mills’ low-impact, low-intensity, highly-relaxing combination of yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi that’s sure to warm-up the body, heart, and soul.


Similar to yoga, Body Flow centers and calms the mind while working the body. The 55 minute class, like most Les Mills’ classes, is divided into eight tracks. Class commences with a rhythmic Tai Chi warm-up to loosen the muscles and focus the mind on less rigid movements and more flow.

photo 4Following tracks vary between yoga and Pilates, from sun salutations to balance, an intense core track, all while stretching and toning each major muscle group. Every move to every track is choreographed to the music and the method.

photo 5While Body Flow is based on yoga, it is unlike a typical vinyasa in that the music and movements are constantly changing, keeping you on your toes. What’s not low-intensity? The ab track, that’s for sure. Les Mills doesn’t joke around when it comes to abs. Luckily, there are modifications for everything. You’ll burn some cals and widdle that middle.

The last track of any Body Flow class, possibly the most beneficial, is meditation, which reduces stress, increases relaxation, absorbs the movement, and focuses the mind for the rest of the day. These 10 minutes are immensely valuable, especially for people like me who have every intention of setting aside time each day to relax and reflect, however, life often gets in the way. I have a feeling you can relate? When I plan to attend a Body Flow class, I feel like I’m setting aside “me time” and I show up, always happy I did.

Everyone, from athletes to first-timers, yogis to non-yogis, male, female, younger, older, and everyone in between, can benefit from Body Flow. Regardless of your current ability, Body Flow’s poses, stretches, and moves will create suppleness, flexibility, focus, and rejuvenation. It’s the perfect compliment to your existing fitness routine and will strengthen balance, flexibility, and most importantly, mental relaxation. And the best part is that this class is available throughout the week at BOTH Hamptons Gym Corp and Studio 89 Fitness, taught by fabulous instructors, like Zivile and Yvonne featured.  IMG_2718(1)

One Healthy Breakdown: Work the body, center the mind at Body Flow!

Hampton Gym Corp.’s Launch Weekend!

This weekend brings another weekend of celebration to the Hamptons…it’s Hamptons Gym Corp’s Launch Weekend! That means free classes, bring a friend, awesome team and group teaching, new tracks, and lots more! In case you haven’t tried Hamptons Gym Corp’s awesome group fitness classes, you really should get over there this weekend!

HGCHGC is one of the only fitness destinations with a vast variety of group fitness classes in addition to personal training, and a full weight-lifting and cardio room for your own routines. There’s always something going on at HGC, whether you’re looking for group classes, spin, strength-training, Latin fun, upper body, lower body, yoga and stretching, abs and glutes, and more. With three locations throughout the Hamptons, you can drop into a group fitness class in Sag Harbor, (1 Bay Street) Southampton (395 County Road 39A) or get your own workout in at their East Hampton location (2 Fithian Ln.)

This weekend is your chance to try a class (or two or three!) absolutely free! I’ll warn you, HGC’s group fitness classes are pretty addicting, but that’s ok because an annual or monthly class membership pays for ALL classes! I’m a huge fan of Les Mill’s Body Combat, Body Flow, and Body Pump, and can’t wait to try all they have to offer! HGC’s fitness instructors are skilled professionals with LOTS of energy; they’ll pump you up and give you a great workout every single time. Here’s the schedule for this coming weekend (July 13th & 14th):

8:15am BODY VIVE with Jacqui
9:40am BODY PUMP with Liza, Z and Ute
11:00am: LATIN VIBES with Natalia

8:15am ABS AND GLUTES with Ute
9:40am BODY COMBAT with Z, Kelly and Pilar
11:00am BODY FLOW with John, Kelly, Zivile and Yvonne

8:00am CYCLING with Andre
8:15am YOGA with Mary
9:40am BODY COMBAT with Rebeca, Alexia and Tony
11:00am BODY FLOW with Tracie and Geoff
12:15pm Zumba with Fit Point

8:00am CYCLING with Liza
8:15am BODY ATTACK with Rebeca and Tahlia
9:40am  POWER TONE with Raquel
11:00am BODY PUMP with Rebeca and Alexia

Existing members, be sure to check out the new summer class schedule which changes Monday, July 15th.

One Healthy Breakdown: take advantage of launch weekend at Hampton Gym Corp to try new classes, switch-up your routine, workout with friends, and get in shape for summer!

My Challenge for You: Challenge Yourself


Challenging ourselves is what makes us grow, physically and emotionally.  Pushing ourselves, setting goals, expanding horizons, trying new things, and accomplishing objectives make us more confident and make the world a better place.  When I started One Healthy Hamptons, I made a promise to myself that I would try more things outside of my comfort zone and take advantage of more opportunities that come my way, even if it’s something I can’t see myself doing.  I’m going to challenge you to challenge yourself this month because the outcome is amazing.

Although it’s much easier to go about our daily routines, stay within our comfort zone, and rely on the things we already know and love, it’s also pretty boring.  Yes, we should all have ongoing goals in life that we’re confident we can achieve, but what about when we’re not sure we can do it?  What about goals that may not be achievable?  Goals we may think are out of our realm of capability, goals we may ultimately fail to reach.

Why am I asking you to set a goal you may not be able to achieve?  Because the growth that you’ll experience during the process, the time spent reaching for that goal, will be priceless, trust me.  Pushing ourselves to reach a goal we may not think we can achieve takes an immense amount of work, effort, focus, planning, and, most of all, support.

This past weekend, I spent 20 hours in a small room with a few other girls for a Les Mills Body Flow training.  Seven girls with seven different lifestyles, strengths, and weaknesses, came together to push ourselves and each other.  From fitness professionals to librarian or teacher, these women all brought their own skills and personalities to the table and I honestly don’t think we could have done it without each other, at least I know I couldn’t have.

I haven’t met a more supportive group of people in a long, long time.  Most of the girls were there to go through the mandatory steps to eventually teach Body Flow, of course, but that wasn’t necessarily my goal.  I committed myself to attend the training, soak up the information, learn about myself, and do my best.  To be honest, I had little confidence that I would actually pass the course and move on to become a Body Flow instructor, but for me that wasn’t the point.  The ultimate goal was simply to take advantage of the opportunity as much as possible.  And that I did.

Turns out, I actually passed the training, but the reward for me was the experience: developing my physical skills, finding my ability to coach, gaining knowledge, and most of all, giving and receiving unbelievable support and connection with others in the room.  There’s nothing like undergoing an immense challenge, a long weekend, and a learning experience with a group of people to prove to yourself you can do something you may think you can’t.

This goal of mine really had an unexpected ending; however, the act of committing to something out of my comfort zone, fulfilling this commitment, and giving it my all gave me more satisfaction than I can even explain and I want you to experience that for yourself!

So, how do you choose a goal outside of your comfort zone?  Imagine you are completely unstoppable, that nothing is impossible. In this case, your superhuman version of yourself, what would be one thing you would take on?  Now, do it.  Commit yourself to try, to experience the journey, and to do your best, regardless of the outcome.  Whether it’s a physical goal, an emotional commitment, or a combination of the two, identify a goal and embrace the experience!

One Healthy Breakdown: our passion and commitment, in combination with support and connection with others, is an unbelievably powerful force not to be reckoned with.